The Needles

The Needles by Andy Chalk is an ongoing look at the news and events that shape the hobby and the industry we know and love, shot through with occasional outbursts of randomness that can only be found in a gaming column written by a guy who doesn't actually own a gaming console.

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Andy Chalk is surprised that a game based on 80s hit-makers REO Speedwagon doesn't suck.

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Andy Chalk offers up the only guideline you'll need this holiday game-buying season: read the d**n ratings.

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In terms of moral choices, how does Modern Warfare 2 compare to Far Cry 2?

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Andy Chalk's taste in videogames has aged like a fine wine.

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When is a sequel not a sequel?

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Andy Chalk gets the scoop on the L4D boycotters and their trip to Valve.

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If you thought that Asteroids was just a simple space shooter, think again.

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Why are videogames so scared of unhappy endings?

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What is the true purpose of age gates? They certainly aren't there to keep kids away from inappropriate content.

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Is Obama on an anti-gaming crusade?

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Videogames are ready to take on casual sex. Monogamy? Not so much.

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Everybody loves a good story but when you're waving a gun around like a maniac, is it really necessary?

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The Left 4 Dead 2 boycott won't work, but it's still a great idea.

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Gamers don't bat an eye at violence in murder at games. Why is the crime of rape so different?

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The makers of Artemis Eternal are hoping you'll help them thumb their noses at Hollywood.